After five years and 37 volumes of the netBloc series, I think it’s fair to say that blocSonic has turned on more than a few people to the netaudio culture. From the beginning, that was precisely why I began the series. I strive to make each volume eclectic and packed with information about each track. Combine that with the professionally designed art & PDF and what you’re left with is a compilation that serves as a great way to catch up on what’s been happening in netaudio culture.Of... Topics: blocsonic, netbloc, flac, mp3, ogg
I’m so happy to present to you another exciting volume of our netBloc series! This phenomenal collection of music represents what’s currently happening in the Creative Commons licensed netaudio world.If this is your first time checking out our compilation series, I truly believe that it won’t be your last! Is this netaudio thing new to you? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Let this collection act as a stepping stone to you breaking away from the formulaic petromusical product that... Topics: blocsonic, netbloc, flac, mp3, ogg
With this being the 41st volume in our most excellent netBloc series, I felt it only fitting that I make plunderphonic artist Fortyone an integral part of it. So what you’ll find is his wacky and adventurous explorations in sampling both opening and closing this collection… making for a righteous 41 sandwich.Within that sandwich you’ll find eleven more tracks that once again represents the quality and variety of the Creative Commons licensed netaudio world. If you’re only now... Topics: blocsonic, netbloc, flac, mp3, ogg
It’s finally arrived! The netBloc that nearly wasn’t. Between delays in acquiring assets and personal life issues getting in the way of wrapping up in time, it’s my distinct pleasure to present to you another excellent collection of netaudio from the world over. I planned on writing a lengthy intro for this one, but with everything that’s helped delay it, I’m just happy to be able to get this out to you to enjoy. So please… enjoy it… and if you enjoy any of these gems, support the... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: blocsonic, netbloc, flac, mp3
If you love music and are open to new sounds, then you simply can’t sleep on our netBloc series of releases. You owe it to yourself to hear what the world of music is doing outside of the confines of the mainstream. The revolution has been ongoing for years and this series’ role is to introduce you to the freedom fighters who make up the front line. For far too long, artists were restrained by recording contracts and radio programmers. They didn’t even own the master recordings of their... Topics: blocsonic, netbloc, flac, mp3, ogg, download
Here we are with volume 44 of the extensive netBloc compilation series that I first launched in 2007. Back then, the majority of the Creative Commons licensed music I found was via netlabels. Today, things are shifting.Although netlabels still play a major roll, there’s an uptick in artists releasing their CC music independently via bandcamp. There are also well-known artists flirting with CC licensing. A few years ago, it was Saul Williams and Nine Inch Nails. Now, as this compilation can... Topics: blocsonic, netbloc, mp3, ogg, flac
Welcome back to blocSonic! Once again we’ve got another great collection of netaudio for you to enjoy with “netBloc Vol. 42: Life, The Universe & Everything”. This time we’ve got music from Baltimore, Berlin, Boston, Buffalo, California, Colombia, Italy, Moscow, New Jersey & Toronto! As eclectic as ever, there’s no doubt that you’ll find something that’ll grab your attention.Thanks again for downloading and listening! If you dig what you hear, be sure to support the... Topics: blocsonic, netbloc, flac, mp3, ogg
Can you believe that we’re approaching our fifth year of bringing you only the best music from netlabel and netaudio culture?!? It’s been an amazing five years and I thank you for continuing to listen. Over the years, blocSonic has become more than a tastemaker. We’ve grown and expanded into releasing our own quality releases. However we grow and develop in the future, our commitment to continued support of netaudio via our netBloc series is stronger than ever. With this, our 36th volume... Topics: blocsonic, netbloc, flac, mp3, ogg
Can you believe that it’s been 5 months since we last released a netBloc compilation?? Way too long! Though, sometimes you do what you can with the time available. Well, I’ve finally got the latest volume ready for you. One that doesn’t break from the tradition of quality. In total, eleven superb tracks from the world over. Eleven tracks that I hope will become some of your favorites. Among them is a taste of our next Xtended Edition release by The Scallions. A terrific group based in... Topics: blocsonic, netbloc, flac, mp3, ogg
If you didn’t pick up on the not so subtle hint of repurposing the RIAA logo for the cover art and the title “AAIR Attack”, I still have something to say about the sad state of the music industry.It’s now going on 14 years since Napster was launched and the mainstream music industry is still struggling with how to deal with “file-sharing”. It seems that with every new innovation that helps artists/labels promote music online, the mainstream industry goes out of its way to shut it... Topics: blocsonic, netbloc, flac, mp3, ogg
After 38 volumes of the netBloc series, you could say that listening to each volume is like a quick stop in an ongoing odyssey of sonic discovery into the world of netlabels and netaudio. Each volume brings with it a finely crafted potpourri of artists, labels and genres. Take this volume, for example. In it you’ll find yourself listening to electronic music by et_ coming out of Russia and then immediately following that, an electronic gem by Normaa, coming to you out of Spain. This stop-over... Topics: blocsonic, netbloc, flac, mp3, ogg
Welcome back to another volume of our eclectic netBloc series! It sure has been a while. For those of you who regularly download these compilations, I want to apologize for the mess that was “netBloc Vol. 34: ccMixter Strike’s The Root”. Just looking at that title, you might figure out what went wrong… or maybe you won’t. It should have ready “Strikes”… and believe me… a third party let me know that there was something wrong. No matter how much I insisted that the amount of... Topics: blocsonic, netbloc, flac, mp3, ogg, download
Here’s another fresh netBloc release for you to soak in. As always… it was a challenge to pull together and it underwent a serious overhaul when it became clear that an artist and a label weren’t as serious about the release as I was. Finally, when all is said and done… this release is 1000% better because of the replacement tracks and new play order. Thanks to you artists who were contacted at the last minute and came through with the required info and assets! Today on Twitter, someone... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: blocsonic, netbloc, rock, pop, trip-hop, indie-rock, indie-pop, pop/rock, hip-hop, electro-pop
That’s right, the series returns with “netBloc Vol. 48: Still…”! Can you believe it? Last week I was listening to a podcast interview at the FMA and heard the interviewee mention blocSonic and how she used to love our netBloc series and it was too bad that we weren’t releasing those anymore. Wow! Has it really been that long since we released one of our tasty and eclectic compilations? Yeah, it most definitely has. We last released one all the way back in October of 2014, when we... Topics: blocsonic, mp3, flac, ogg, indie, pop, rock, trip-hop, downtempo, punk, blues, netbloc
We’re back with another one for you… number 29 in our excellent, genre-busting netBloc series! For this one we pulled together netaudio from Canada, France, Hungary, Minneapolis, The Netherlands, New Jersey, Richmond, Sweden and the UK. What you’ll find is nothing less than back to back gems. As always, this netBloc release is designed to both introduce the newbie to the netaudio scene and to provide a quick way for netaudio listeners to catch up on what’s new. In addition to the... Topics: blocsonic, netbloc, hip-hop, folk, indie, pop, indie-pop, electro-pop, trip-hop, idm
As is the usual with our netBloc series, netBloc Vol. 47: Grooves For The Sentient is packed with incredible music from around the globe that’s been released under a Creative Commons (CC) license. There’s little chance that you won’t find something on it that completely grabs you.With this series, blocSonic always sets out to hammer home the message that FREE music doesn’t equate with a lack of quality. The reasons artists release their art for free are varied, but ultimately, they... Topics: netbloc, blocsonic, flac, mp3, ogg, pop, rock, indie, trip-hop, hip-hop, indie, electronic
After a shocking nine months since the last netBloc release, I’m very happy to say that we return today with Volume 46 of the series with “#returnofthenetlboc”! The reasons for such a lengthy delay are many… among which are… busy release schedule… difficulty locking down all tracks, causing a record four tracklist reworkings. Regardless of the reasons, the goal with this release, is to get back to regularly releasing netBlocs.After such a long wait, I want the focus to be the music,... Topics: netbloc, blocsonic, flac, mp3, ogg, pop, rock, indie, trip-hop, hip-hop, metal, progressive-rock,...
As the internet has increasingly become part of all our lives, an intellectual shift has been occurring. As this shift progresses, more of us are seeing the need for less limitations in many areas. In the early years of this shift, an “open-source” software movement took hold and hasn’t abated. Further along, this idea of “open” content expanded to all types of media — visual, sonic, textual… you name it… Creative Commons licensing filled the need and continues to grow in... Topics: blocsonic, netbloc, flac, mp3, ogg, pop, hip-hop, rock, electronic, funk, soul
Since 2007 we’ve been giving you these fantastic collections of netaudio in hopes that it introduces you to a new world of music that’s available on the web. This time around is no different… except in one way. It’s quite literally the first time that the final line-up is the same as the first one chosen. No replacements were needed for artists and/or labels who didn’t get back to me or weren’t able to participate. Included are 12 fantastic tracks plus one bonus goodie included in... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: blocsonic, netbloc, hip-hop, rock, pop, indie-pop, electro-pop, trip-hop, experimental
Volume 20 carries on the blocSonic tradition of presenting 10 internationally released netaudio gems. Rock, pop, electronic, jazz, trip-hop, dub and hip-hop are all brought together for your listening enjoyment. Thanks again for your continued dedication to blocSonic and our netBloc series. We truly hope we’ve helped broaden your musical palette even if only a little! Visit blocSonic.com for more info! favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: blocsonic, netbloc, hip-hop, jazz, rock, funk, pop, indie-pop, electro-pop, trip-hop, IDM
Almost nine years since we launched the series and closing in on fifty volumes, our netBloc series remains a unique listening experience in the world of music. As it is, the #ccmusic / #netlabel community is one in which music’s primary purpose remains music itself… fame and wealth remain secondary or, for many artists, completely unthought of concerns. The netBloc series retains it’s unique position in this close-knit and friendly community as a dependable source for discovering real... Topics: netbloc, blocsonic, mp3, flac, idm, rock, pop, ogg, indie, post-punk, hip-hop, folk, space rock,...
With Volume 45 of the excellent netBloc series, I wanted to pay homage to my childhood home at 45 Old Orchard Ave, where my lifelong love of music first developed.Growing up there, music figured large in my life. My earliest memories recall certain songs played in the home stereo that, to this day, remain some of my favorite music. Other memories feature my parents dancing during the disco era with that stereo playing disco hits.My parents had a great collection of vinyl… both 45s and albums... Topics: blocsonic, netbloc, mp3, ogg, flac, bored with fore, ancient lasers, urbantramper, auditive escape,...
Love of music is what the netBloc series is about. It’s not about hatred of the mainstream music industry; even though it may seem so sometimes (no matter how much I am against everything that the music industry represents these days). The fact of the matter is that there are artists; worldwide; who aren’t being heard because they don’t fit into some generic compartment that the current music industry has deemed economically viable. The industry has completely lost sight of the art. As... Topics: blocsonic, netbloc, creative commons, free, music, downloads, flac, mp3, ogg, fabrizio paterlini,...
2010 has been an incredible year for blocSonic. We’ve had Boots Riley on ETHX’ “Boom to Bloom” and Chuck D on Just Plain Ant’s “Rumble, Young Man, Rumble”. We’ve released our first indie and pop albums with Friends or Whatever’s self-titled debut, Garmisch’s self-titled blocSonic debut and Liam Stewart’s “Sixteen Words”. We’ve re-released three netaudio albums with exclusive bonus content — CM aka Creative’s “The Classic Material Completion Package XE”, Tha... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: blocsonic, netbloc, creative commons, free, music, downloads, flac, mp3, ogg, nanowar, nanowar of...